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Little sunbeams

I think God gives the children

Author: Eben E. Rexford
Tune: [I think God gives the children] (Gabriel)
Published in 53 hymnals

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1 I think God gives the children,
As thro' the land they go,
The most delightful mission
That any one can know;
He wants us to be sunbeams
Of love and hope and cheer,
To brighten up the shadows
That often gather here.

O we are little sunbeams,
Sent down from God to man;
In all life's shady places
We shine as best we can.

2 The clouds may hide the sunshine
Of Heaven from our sight,
And life have much of sorrow
To mar the heart's delight;
But if like faithful sunbeams,
We children do our part,
We'll bring a ray of brightness
To ev'ry shadowed heart. [Chorus]

3 Then let us live our mission
Of sunbeams day by day,
And scatter joy and brightness
About us all the way;
Let's chase away life's shadows
With loving tho't and deed,
And be the sunshine-makers
Of which the world has need. [Chorus]

Source: The New Praiseworthy for the Church and Sunday School #171

Author: Eben E. Rexford

Rexford, Eben Eugene.M (Johnsburg, New York, July 16, 1848--October 16, 1916, Shiocton, Wisconsin). Horticulturalist and editor of a Wisconsin farm journal. Many of his verses were used to fill empty corners of the journal. He also wrote many books on gardening. Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.), Litt.D. Twenty-five years, organist at First Congregational Church, Shiocton. See: Smith, Mary L.P. (1930). Eben E. Rexford; a biographical sketch. Menasha, Wis., George Banta Pub. Co. --Leonard Ellinwood, DNAH Archives and Gabriel, Charles H. (1916). Singers and Their Songs. Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I think God gives the children
Title: Little sunbeams
Author: Eben E. Rexford
Refrain First Line: O, we are little sunbeams



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